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UPMC Confirms MRSA At Children's Hospital

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - UPMC has confirmed a dozen cases of MRSA at the UPMC Children's Hospital.

Six NICU patients, as well as six employees, have tested positive for MRSA, according to a statement from UPMC. One of the patients that tested positive for MRSA is potentially symptomatic.

All NICU patients have been tested, and several staff members have come forward with potential symptoms, the hospital reported.

The CDC's website says that MRSA is a cause of staph infection that is difficult to treat because it's resistant to some antibiotics.

UPMC says that it's following CDC protocol and guidelines. It says isolation protocols and infection control procedures are in place. In a healthcare environment, the CDC says MRSA can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections and surgical site infections.

UPMC has also notified the Allegheny County Health Department and Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The State Department of Health is in consultation with UPMC.

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